Charles Guarino presents to NHMUG

Charles Guarino - Thursday February 21st, 2013


So you keep hearing about this great tool RDP (Rational Developer for Power Systems Software) but are somewhat intimidated by the prospect of learning it? This session is a primer on RDP basics, including new terminology, connecting to the IBM i, and getting productive with its features, with a large focus on source code editing. The rich graphical environment far exceeds what PDM and SEU can do, and you will be glad you spent the time learning how to harness its power. The more you use this tool, the more you will want to use it. This session includes a live demonstration of the tool.

From STRPDM to RDP - Awesome RSE Navigation

Of all of the perspectives in RDP, the Remote Systems Explorer perspective is where you will likely spend most of your time. It’s quite possible that you’re not using all of the available tools it offers. Not by a long shot. Attend this session and leap to the next level of application development. Here we will discuss advanced RSE concepts including using filter pools, bookmarks and tasks and using the remote scratchpad, just to name a few.

After attending this session you will possess the skills to watch your RSE productivity soar!

Raising the Bar - A Jumpstart to Using SOAP Web Services in RPG

The Internet abounds with available services using Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP). The process of consuming these services from your programs is a bit tricky, that is until you use one of IBM’s latest tools WSDL2RPG, which is a component of Integrated Web Services (IWS). This tool does the heavy lifting for you and sets up an entire environment with a callable RPG service program. And the best part is this V5R4 and above tool is FREE! Refuse to be intimidated! In this session we’ll work with the tool and review step-by-step the process of testing and consuming a SOAP web service and displaying its information in a working RPG display program. Learn how you can leverage this technology so your applications can explode beyond your own four walls and gain access to vast information resources on the web in real-time. Here is a great place to start your learning -

i Can Serve You - Providing Web Services From Your IBM i

Now that you’ve been consuming web services directly get ready to turn the tables and become the web service provider. Using IBM’s Integrated Web Services server for ILE you too can launch programs to access your database and provide your system’s information to external user such as web developers. We will go step by step through the process of creating a program to receive a parameter and return database values. Next we will implement this program on to the built-in web services server and demonstrate how to test and deploy it using IBM’s graphical Web Administration tool. Since the tool is wizard-driven deploying web provider side web services is a snap!


With an IT career spanning over 25 years, Charles Guarino has been an enterprise application consultant for most of them. Since 1995 he has been founder and President of Central Park Data Systems, Inc., a Long Island based IBM midrange consulting company. He has published numerous technical and strategic articles for the IT community and speaks each year at conferences and user groups across the country. He was inducted into COMMON’s Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame in 2008 and also selected as one of LISTnet's Long Island’s Twenty Top Techies for 2009.

Charles is currently a COMMON Application Development Subject Matter Expert and President and monthly Q&A host of LISUG, a Long Island IBM System i Users Group.


Dawn May - performance topics

Dawn May - Wednesday November 7, 2012

Navigating the World of Performance

IBM provides many performance tools for i, but what does each tool do and when is the best time to use it? This session will help answer those questions by providing an overview of many System i Navigator, IBM Systems Director Navigator, and green-screen performance tools that can be used to collect performance data, view historical data, and analyze performance issues. Learn which tools to use to provide your `first level of defense` for preventing serious performance problems and understanding system performance. Learn which tool to pull out of your toolbox if a problem does occur and you need to analyze and fix the problem.

Performance Data Investigator

The IBM Systems Director Navigator for i has `Performance` tasks that includes many traditional i performance tasks. It also has the ability to manage your performance data collections. The most exciting feature is the `Investigate Data` task, which provides the ability to graphically view your i performance data; Collection Services, Disk Watcher, Job Watcher, and Performance Explorer data can all be 'investigated' through this interface. This session will go through all the capabilities of the Performance Data Investigator.

IBM i Systems Management Enhancements

The IBM i development team has been very busy working on improving the IBM Systems Management solutions for i. This session will review the latest offerings and enhancements and will include the new iAccess Solutions client and Navigator for i enhancements that will be available later this fall. These enhancements provide not only new features, but also improved performance and ease of use.


Dawn May is a Senior Technical Staff Member with IBM in Rochester, Minnesota. Dawn's current position is a consultant on IBM Systems Director in IBM Lab Services and Training. Prior to this, Dawn was the lead of the Performance and Scalability Services Center. Previous responsibilities include technical lead for the IBM i Systems Software Development organization and IBM i Business Architect where she had the responsibility for the overall strategy and plan for the core components of i. Dawn also had technical leadership responsibilities for i performance and diagnostic tools and led the development of the 6.1 and 7.1 performance tools enhancements, which included the "Performance" tasks in the IBM Systems Director Navigator for i Web console. Other past responsibilities include testing, SNA and TCP/ IP communications development , service tools development, and work management development.

Dawn May is a senior technical staff member at IBM in Rochester, Minn. She’s the technical lead for the IBM i Systems Software Development organization and an IBM i Business Architect. Dawn’s responsible for the overall strategy and plan for the core components of i. Dawn also has technical leadership responsibilities for i performance and diagnostic tools; she led the development of the 6.1 performance tools enhancements, which includes the new Performance tasks in the IBM Systems Director Navigator for i5/OS Web console. Past responsibilities include testing, SNA and TCP/ IP communications development, service tools development and work management development.

Dawn also maintains a blog, i Can Technical Tips for i.


25th Annual New Hampshire / Vermont IBM i User Group Meeting

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - Fireside Inn, West Lebanon NH.

Power and IBM i Roadmap - Steve Fier, IBM

Steve will review IBM announcements since last June's meeting. These will include updates to IBM i and Power Systems servers, and new storage products. How are customers using new capabilities like Solid State Drives or DB2 enhancements to be more productive?

IBM PureSystems - Tom Capasso, IBM

Tom will review the April 2012 IBM announcement of IBM PureSystems. These new servers run IBM i, AIX, Linux and Windows on Power and Intel processors. They offer "Integration by design" and "A simplified experience". Sound familiar? Learn how IBM PureSystems complement (but do not replace) traditional Power Systems servers. (See also Steve Will's blog entry at

High Availability – Go Local or Go Cloud? - Simon O'Sullivan, Senior Vice President, Maxava

2011 was the most expensive year in history for Natural Disasters. IT Managers are under pressure to backup more data and if disaster strikes - data loss is not an option! IBM i sites worldwide are changing the way they look at Disaster Recovery and High Availability. Tape backups no longer provide the protection that most modern businesses demand – recovery times are just too long and the recovery points can lead to lost data. The problem is that alternative solutions seem too expensive or too complicated. Is the emergence of Cloud DR the game changer? Simon O’Sullivan of Maxava will outline the latest DR & HA options open to IBM i sites.

Google Apps and your IBM i - David Andruchuk, CSDA, inc

Google Apps is a suite of products that lets you create different kinds of online documents, work on them in real time with other people, and store your documents and your other files -- all online, and all for free. With any device with an Internet connection, you can access documents and files from any computer, anywhere in the world as can your employees, your clients or your vendors. This presentation will give you an overview of the many possibilities of what you can do using Google Apps and your IBM i DB2 data. The possibilities are endless for using Google Apps such as using a Google spreadsheet for physical inventories, using a Google calendar to publish manufacturing date schedules or Employee vacations or birth dates and even distributing reports as PDF in Google documents.

What we will be covering:

  • Learn about what Google Apps are and how they can benefit an IBM i shop
  • Learn how DB2 table data can be converted to use as a Google spreadsheet
  • Learn how to convert an IBM i report to a PDF and publish as a Google document
  • Learn how to convert DB2 table date data to publish as a Google calendar


Mark your calendars! Aaron Bartell is coming to NH

Aaron Bartell will be speaking to the NHMUG user group on March 7, 2012

Mobile Dev for RPG Programmers

This power packed seminar is geared towards a half day (3.5hrs to 4hrs) of presenting. The focus is on mobile development for RPG programmers and dives into many areas including showing how to do the complete setup of a programmers desktop environment for Android development and producing a first Hello World program, all the way to doing HTML5 mobile development. After doing initial introduction I dive further into the technologies to show some real-world applications I have developed that show how one can leverage their RPG knowledge and take their company to the next level without leaving the IBM i platform. All tools and utilities are free and open source so all attendees can try them at no cost to their business!

Exploit the Power of Open Source Java from RPG

In this session you will learn how RPG's Java interface extensions can be used to exploit the wealth of Java Open Source applications. We will start by explaining the basic RPG syntax extensions and demonstrate how the interface works through practical examples. Examples will include: Interfacing with the Twitter API to easily send tweets (a.k.a. status updates) from your RPG programs Creating QR codes interfacing with Zxing API's from the community and Google Building pie charts, bar graphs, and more buy interfacing to the APIs We will also discuss how the performance of such Java utilities can be improved through the use of server job and data queue interfaces.

I got a wild hair the other week and decided to buy domain because I am on a mission to prove to IBM that all these Java tools they keep coming out with aren't giving my RPG shop what I need to keep my business at the highest level of the market competitiveness - too many layers of technological bureaucracy to do simple business applications.

My mantra is there is very little RPG can't do. So why not put that mantra to the test by creating an application for Android and web?

Picture this: Your child gets their first Android phone, and you would like to know where they are and what they do with the family vehicle, so you install a small application that uses the phone's GPS capabilities to feed coordinates to an IBM i server on the internet. The IBM i server is running Apache and RPG to receive the data into DB2. All the while the parent logs into a web interface, built using only RPG on the server side, and review, in near real-time, where their child is located by watching a GoogleMap. Pretty cool, eh?

This session will guide you through the steps necessary to develop both the Android and server side RPG code to accomplish the project. All tooling utilized to create the project is free and open source!


Aaron Bartell is a Senior Software Developer for Krengel Technology Inc. Aaron focuses much of his development in the area of creating modern applications using RPG and Java on the IBM i and Android platforms. He is the lead developer of RPG-XML Suite ( and the primary "pusher" of He enjoys being part of the strong IBM i community through forum participation, article writing and providing open source software on his personal website -

Aaron has most recently been pursuing how he can use his abilities to benefit those in need. He started the site as a mechanism to raise money for digging clean water wells in Africa and feeding starving children.

Aaron lives with his wife and five children in southern Minnesota and enjoys playing electric and bass guitar with the band he is in, Scattered Showers (

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